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Idlwilde Inn
Ranked #8 of 17 Watkins Glen B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 22 September 2017

This inn is spacious, a huge old mansion and is in a very scenic location near the top of a hill and on a very large lot. Great porch to sip coffee in the morning. Wonderful host and nice breakfast. Large sitting rooms downstairs.

Room Tip: Call the owner about room locations and sizes Inn is on a quite lot so traffic noice is not an issu...
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  • Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Marcus D, Owner at Idlwilde Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Idlwilde is under new ownership, and we can't wait to have you back for another visit! As of November, Elin and Marcus have been working non-stop to make the Idlwilde Inn into their new home and business. With so much to build on thanks to the previous owners, we feel there's nothing but upside as we work to make every aspect of your stay with us pleasant, enjoyable and rejuvenating. So please, give us the chance to provide you with a wonderful stay in this gorge-ous locale!

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Reviewed 11 August 2017

We have been staying at this B&B for about 16 years. Every time we arrive, it's like being part of the family. Everyone is so friendly and accommodating. They make good recommendations on restaurants and sights in the area, if needed. Breakfasts are great, and the service is excellent. Whenever we leave, we make a reservation for "Same time, next year'. The house has been lovingly restored and decorated. Sitting on the porch, sipping an adult beverage, makes you feel transported back in time to the days of peace and warm hospitality.

Room Tip: Not all rooms have great views. It really did not matter to us, we spent more time out of the room.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank LJ M
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Marcus D, Owner at Idlwilde Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Idlwilde is under new ownership, and we can't wait to have you back for another visit! As of November, Elin and Marcus have been working non-stop to make the Idlwilde Inn into their new home and business. With so much to build on thanks to the previous owners, we feel there's nothing but upside as we work to make every aspect of your stay with us pleasant, enjoyable and rejuvenating. So please, give us the chance to provide you with a wonderful stay in this gorge-ous locale!

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Nestled high above the bustle of the town, guests are treated like family! Rooms impeccably decorated & maintained, a peaceful porch with a beautiful view of the lake and a delicious, made from scratch breakfast, never the same two days in a row! Thank you John & Maria for all the labors of love you put in to make your guests feel like they are home!

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cheryl4040
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Marcus D, Owner at Idlwilde Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Idlwilde is under new ownership, and we can't wait to have you back for another visit! As of November, Elin and Marcus have been working non-stop to make the Idlwilde Inn into their new home and business. With so much to build on thanks to the previous owners, we feel there's nothing but upside as we work to make every aspect of your stay with us pleasant, enjoyable and rejuvenating. So please, give us the chance to provide you with a wonderful stay in this gorge-ous locale!

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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

My partner and I decided to take a last minute trip to upstate New York. The Farm Sanctuary was our first stop and most of the nearby hotels were booked, but we found a vacancy here.The inn is a gorgeous Victorian mansion, which the owners have decorated beautifully. It is also within walking distance to all the restaurants and shops in Watkins Glen.
We stayed overnight in room nine and the price was reasonable, considering breakfast was included. The room was very comfortable with a large closet and a beautiful view.
What impressed me most was how accomodating Maria was to our vegan dietary needs. She presented us with an incredible breakfast of french toast, fresh fruit, and a muffin. She also had soy milk available to go with the coffee (also delicious). She even shared some of her recipes with me when I commented how much I enjoyed the food.
I would highly recommend the Idlwilde Inn, especially for a couple's getaway.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled as a couple
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Marcus D, Owner at Idlwilde Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Idlwilde is under new ownership, and we can't wait to have you back for another visit! As of November, Elin and Marcus have been working non-stop to make the Idlwilde Inn into their new home and business. With so much to build on thanks to the previous owners, we feel there's nothing but upside as we work to make every aspect of your stay with us pleasant, enjoyable and rejuvenating. So please, give us the chance to provide you with a wonderful stay in this gorge-ous locale!

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Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Beautiful house in wonderful gardens, very close to Lake Seneca. House is beautifully kept, everything is immaculate and so peaceful. Owners were very welcoming, helpful with local details and freshly cooked breakfasts which were delicious. Room was large and comfortable, small criticism would be the bed was a little passed it's best and the bathroom fixings a little tired (no real extras liked toiletries or hairdryer that I could locate so bring your own) but all very clean. The rules about not eating or drinking except on the porch seem a little unnecessary but perhaps they have had bad experiences previously, clear that they want to keep the place to highest standards and overall was a lovely stay which I would definitely recommend.

Stayed: May 2017, travelled as a couple
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Marcus D, Owner at Idlwilde Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Idlwilde is under new ownership, and we can't wait to have you back for another visit! As of November, Elin and Marcus have been working non-stop to make the Idlwilde Inn into their new home and business. With so much to build on thanks to the previous owners, we feel there's nothing but upside as we work to make every aspect of your stay with us pleasant, enjoyable and rejuvenating. So please, give us the chance to provide you with a wonderful stay in this gorge-ous locale!

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Additional Information about Idlwilde Inn

Address: 1 Lakeview Ave, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1148
Region: United States > New York > Finger Lakes > Watkins Glen
Amenities:
Free Breakfast
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Watkins Glen
Price Range: €85 - €114 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Idlwilde Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Idlewilde Inn is an 18 room Victorian mansion built in 1892. This charming house has a character given by exquisite craftsmanship of an earlier era, with meticulously done staircase, moldings, ornamental ceilings, and fireplaces. There are several sun rooms, and a huge breezy wraparound porch, all overlooking the beauty of Seneca Lake. Idlewilde Inn is only a short walk to town. Historical Watkins Glen and the Fingerlakes area offer many year round activities. ... more   less 

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